Komen hails bills aimed to stop economic barriers to breast imaging

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Breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen is applauding Wisconsin politicians for introducing legislation aimed at removing financial barriers to diagnostic and supplemental breast imaging.

Senator Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R-Appleton) and Representative Nate Gustafson (R-Neenah) introduced bills that would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic and supplemental breast imaging (MRI, ultrasound, or diagnostic mammogram) when medically necessary.

Komen said that in 2023, more than 5,460 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 720 will die of the disease in Wisconsin alone. A study commissioned by the organization found that the costs to patients range from $234 for a diagnostic mammogram to more than $1,021 for a breast MRI. These costs could prevent women from getting the imaging they need, according to the organization.

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